|Publication number||US8128413 B2|
|Application number||US 12/455,087|
|Publication date||Mar 6, 2012|
|Filing date||May 28, 2009|
|Priority date||May 30, 2008|
|Also published as||CA2632887A1, CA2632887C, US20090298035|
|Publication number||12455087, 455087, US 8128413 B2, US 8128413B2, US-B2-8128413, US8128413 B2, US8128413B2|
|Original Assignee||Bridget Lynch|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (4), Classifications (6), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present patent application claims priority to Canadian Application No. 2,632,887, which was filed on May 30, 2008, and is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
This invention relates to a childbirth teaching apparel to enable a user to demonstrate childbirth and delivery techniques.
Since the emergence of the human race, humans have been delivering babies, teaching others how to deliver babies, and providing methods and tools for assisting in that process. However, there remains a need for more and better tools for training health care professionals in the area of childbirth and delivery (e.g. in obstetrical or midwifery practice).
Mannequins and torso teaching devices are commonly used in training health care professionals for illustration of childbirth and delivery. These are human-sized plastic or resin models that anatomically simulate female anatomy. Certain models have a central cavity in the torso which is accessible through a front access door. A baby doll can be placed in the cavity to simulate a pregnancy. Some models also have a simulated birth canal through which the doll can be pushed to simulate delivery.
However, such models have a number of drawbacks. First, the models are often difficult to operate. The simulation birth canals may be too rigid so that the baby doll can become lodged in the model, frustrating the purpose of the demonstration (i.e. to witness a realistic birth).
Second, the construction of these mannequin or torso teaching devices makes them heavy and too cumbersome to transport easily. This makes it particularly difficult to provide training in remote, rural or developing areas in the world. Further, the high cost of these mannequins or torsos may prohibit low resource or low income areas from procuring or gaining access to such teaching devices.
There is an outstanding need to provide childbirth teaching devices that are simple, but effective, inexpensive and highly portable. There is also a need for a method to bring human participants more directly into the simulation of birth and delivery.
It would be desirable to provide a childbirth teaching apparel for demonstration of birth and delivery.
According to one aspect of the invention, a childbirth teaching apparel is provided for a user to demonstrate birth techniques. The childbirth teaching apparel is wearable by a user as pants and has:
The childbirth teaching apparel allows a user to insert a doll simulating a human baby into the doll-containing portion; via at least one of the side abdominal openings; and to push the doll through the secondary opening to simulate childbirth.
The doll-containing portion may be accessible from the contiguous interior cavity or via a side abdominal opening.
Preferably, there are at least two side abdominal openings allowing access to the doll-containing portion.
Preferably, the secondary opening has an annular periphery that is radially expandable. Preferably, the annular periphery is made of an elastic or stretchable fabric, such as the fabric typically comprising the waist or ankle regions of track pants, or the neck or wrist regions of sweatshirts.
Preferably, the secondary opening has an upper reinforcement to simulate a human pelvic arch.
Preferably, the upper reinforcement is made of a resilient material, such as a resilient plastic or the like.
Preferably, the doll-containing portion is sized for containing a doll that simulates a human baby to be delivered.
Preferably, the doll-containing portion is sized for containing the doll when coupled with a simulated placenta and a simulated umbilical cord.
Preferably, the childbirth teaching apparel is made of an elasticized fabric, such as stretchable cotton or stretchable polyester, such as athletic fleece (used in sweatshirts and track pants).
Preferably, the doll-containing portion forms a pouch attached to the childbirth teaching apparel; the pouch being accessible via at least one of the side abdominal openings; and connected to the secondary opening to allow the user to push the doll through the secondary opening to simulate childbirth.
Preferably, the upper end of the abdominal portion has a fastening mechanism for fastening the childbirth teaching apparel about the abdomen of the user. Examples of fastening mechanisms include a drawstring, elastic or the like.
According to another aspect of the invention, a method for a user to demonstrate birth techniques through a childbirth teaching apparel is provided, comprising:
Preferably, the user can also pull the doll through the secondary opening to simulate childbirth.
According to another aspect of this invention, a childbirth teaching kit is provided, comprising:
Preferably, the doll may also be coupled to a simulated placenta via a simulated umbilical cord.
Preferably, the doll can be detachably connected to the simulated umbilical cord.
Preferably, the detachable connection is a fastener; such as a snap, button or VelcroŽ connection.
Although a pants embodiment has been described herein, it is contemplated that the invention could also be embodied in a pair of shorts, overalls or other wearable form.
A childbirth teaching apparel 1 for a user 100 to wear to demonstrate birth techniques is provided. FIGS. 2 & 5-9 show preferred embodiments of the childbirth teaching apparel.
The region between the leg portions 2, where the leg portions 2 meet the abdominal portion 3, forms a crotch 8. The crotch 8 has a secondary opening 9, which simulates a human vagina. The periphery 15 of the secondary opening 9 is radially expandable.
The abdominal portion 3 contains a doll-containing portion 6, which is attached to the interior surface 28 of the front segment 26 of the abdominal portion 3. The doll-containing portion 6 is shown with at least one side abdominal opening 7 allowing access to the doll-containing portion 6. The side abdominal opening 7 provides the user 100 access to the doll 10 and doll-containing portion 6 within the abdominal portion 3 of the childbirth teaching apparel 1.
The secondary opening 9 is connected to the doll-containing portion 6 such that the user 100 can: (a) insert the doll 10 simulating a human baby into the doll-containing portion 6 via at least one of the side abdominal openings 7; and (b) push the doll 10 through the secondary opening 9 to simulate childbirth.
Proximate to and situated above the upper curvature 24 of the secondary opening 9 is the upper reinforcement 11 which simulates a human pelvic arch. The upper reinforcement 11 is curved to form an arc over the upper curvature 24 of the secondary opening 9. The upper reinforcement 11 has an upper arc surface 23 and a lower arc surface 22.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact configurations, components, materials and applications shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.
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|Cooperative Classification||A41D1/20, G09B23/281|
|European Classification||G09B23/28B, A41D1/20|